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Protests intensifies as Sabarimala opens for monthly puja

November 7, 2018

After being shut for a few days, Sabarimala opened for the monthly puja on Monday. The state government under the leadership of Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan had deployed over 2000 police personals to ensure that no violence takes place. But on Monday, women who tried to enter the temple were attacked by angry mobs. A video reporter from a Malayalam channel was also assaulted. The temple was closed at 10 pm on Tuesday after the puja got over.

Lalitha, who is 52 years old, tried to enter the temple with her son when protestors attacked her. She had to show them her identification card in order to enter the temple stating that she is 50 years and above.

The Supreme Court will hold a hearing on 13 November regarding revision of the order of women entering the shrine. Over 19 petitions have already been filed. The court also said that they cannot hold a speedy hearing on the case.

Rahul Easwar, who has been the pioneer in holding the protests, took to social media to ask devotees to maintain calm until the next court hearing.

Let us #Sabarimala devotees be very clear on this. We will STOP Trupti Desai from intruding into Sabarimala belief. And we will resist invasion by Atheists & FemiNazis. The case is subjudice. She should not engage in provocation before November 13- Rahul Easwar, Activist

Ramesh, a resident of Mylapore in Tamil Nadu filed a petition in the Kerala High Court saying that the state government was interfering in the affairs of the temple. A bench of judges of the Kerala High Court told the Kerala government that they cannot direct the Devaswom or interfere in temple matters of Sabarimala. The duty of state government is to ensure that law and order is in place. The court also criticised the government and said that they have been causing a lot of inconvenience to devotees!

Social media users who were against the Supreme Court verdict of women entering the shrine posted about how the Kerala high court has stood with devotees.

"T R Ramesh @trramesh swamy took on Government of Kerala and Kerala HC has heavily criticised govt for involving in #sabarimala matters . This is a great victory for all Ayyappa devotees", tweeted Jayashankar.

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